Exploring the history and causes of the Gorkhaland agitation through illustrations.
A look at the ongoing struggle for separate statehood in Kalimpong.
Mamata’s policies, since she became chief minister in 2011, have challenged and redefined the century old hegemony of bhadralok politics, and reshaped Bengal’s identity.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has refused to engage in talks with the state government, saying they will talk only to the Centre.
It is important for the Muslims in Bengal to understand that they are part of an India where an aggressive Hindu majoritarian politics is in ascendance.
However, instead of patronising multiple social clusters, which is the bedrock of TMC’s strategy, the BJP is trying to consolidate support on religious lines – its agenda elsewhere in the country too.
The situation in Baduria, North 24 Parganas district is described by the police as ‘tense but under control’.
Vivek Singh documents the ongoing unrest in Darjeeling over the demand of a separate state and removal of Bengali as a compulsory language from schools.
Rather than deploying more forces to curb the ongoing crisis in Darjeeling, the state government should initiate dialogue with the protesting parties to find a middle ground.
Though the Centre had first agreed to send four paramilitary companies to Darjeeling, the delay was apparently issued after a meeting with their ally, the GJM.
The West Bengal government, in a memorandum issued on Sunday, made clear that no leave will be granted till the strike is withdrawn.
After allowing indiscipline among its senior cadre due to electoral necessities, the CPI(M) in Bengal is losing its reputation of integrity.
The prime minister also urged states, local governments and NGOs to decide goals for 2022 and work towards achieving them.
It has become respectable now to articulate latent feelings about issues concerning minorities that were hardly talked about some years ago.
More than one year since the Kolkata flyover collapse that killed 26, the criminal trial has not begun. The police are not speaking on the record. And the government is silent.
The CBI has charged the Trinomool Congress leaders with criminal conspiracy and corruption for allegedly taking money in return for future favours.
The threat was issued by Yogesh Varshney, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, after he alleged that the police beat up people participating in a Hindu religious procession.
New Delhi hopes that the new line of credit for $500 million for defence procurement will wean Dhaka off Chinese military purchases.
With the Teesta pact still a “work in progress”, Dhaka had its hopes pinned on getting some sign of support for the Ganga barrage project, however, even that is unlikely – at least during this visit.
Trying to separate the Bengali from fish will boomerang badly on the Hindutva advocates.
On March 31, 2016, a flyover came crashing down, killing 27 people. The Bengal government, however, forgot that it’s been a year since the tragedy.
Some IIM-C staff members say the BJP misled them into attending the event in the guise of resolving a decades-old administrative issue.
The Teesta water-sharing arrangement is likely to be one of the top concerns during Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming trip to India.
The sting against several Trinamool Congress leaders, showing them allegedly accepting cash, is now beginning to bite the party
In the seventeenth episode of Jan Ki Baat, Vinod Dua reminds Narendra Modi of his yet to be fulfilled promises and discusses Mamata Banerjee’s autocratic decisions in West Bengal.
The BJP’s baby trafficking case focuses public attention on the problem but also shields the size of it from closer scrutiny, because the ‘huge networks’ that operate to keep the trade going, continue to do so.
The opposition Communist Party of India (Marxist) has accused local leaders of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party of instigating the violence.
The BJP Delhi chief discusses the party’s strategy in the upcoming municipality elections, how the party plans to hold AAP accountable for its unmet election promises and more.
The increasing liberties taken by the army are symptomatic of the decline in civil and military relations that has occurred because of an erosion of constitutional norms.
Mamata Banerjee has alleged that army personnel were deployed at toll plazas in the state without her government being informed and asked if it was a “military coup”.
Six states and one union territory underwent polls today, in the first vote after Modi announced the government’s decision to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes
Mamata Banerjee’s high handedness and the Sangh parivar’s amplified efforts to encourage communalism may soon take over the historically harmonious state.
By criminalising Hattar for sharing an ‘offensive’ cartoon, the Jordanian state and the assassin operated with a mutual logic of accountability that makes all viewers/readers of the cartoon co-conspirators.
As Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee prepares to go to Rome for the September 4 canonisation ceremony, Kolkata makes arrangements at Mother House.
The Supreme Court’s order returning land to the farmers comes at a time when the Trinamool Congress needed a political boost.
West Bengal’s cabinet has approved a proposal to change the state’s name to Bangla or Banga. The English version name will remain Bengal but the ‘West’ will be dropped.
Economist and professor at the University of California, Berkeley Pranab Bardhan spoke to The Wire about global discontent amongst the working class, the Modi government’s policies, the need for employment generation, the controversy around Raghuram Rajan and more.
The state needs historic development and with it, complete freedom of expression.
The party high command has perfected the art of blowing hot and cold with opposition leaders based on their current usefulness. The most glaring example of this, of course, is the way the Gandhi family has been targeted.
Mamata Banerjee has to fix West Bengal before she can step out and fulfill her national ambitions